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2:54 PM on 01.25.2012

Important Elements of Demon's Souls' Design..sssss'''''

I just wanted to share a few observations about the design of Demon's Souls. It's not a game for everyone for sure. Some people just like brutal challenge more than others - nothing right or wrong or better or worse, it's jus...   read

7:34 PM on 12.24.2011

My top games of 2011

Not necessarily all games that came out in 2011, just the ones that I played the past year and would like to share with ya'll fine folks! To the Moon - This game turned me into a pathetic, weeping little baby. It's a compl...   read

1:42 AM on 12.19.2011

We have we have "forms"?

You hear a lot about various video game "genres," such as FPS, RTS, action, adventure, action-adventure-FPS-MMO. But we don't hear much discussion about video game "forms". Now, I'm no film major, so I may be misusing some te...   read

2:05 PM on 12.18.2011

Indie PSA: Zen Puzzle Garden

If you enjoy simple puzzle mechanics that lead to very challenging logic puzzles, then check out Zen Puzzle Garden: The basic mechanics are extremely simple, but you'll be surprised at how m...   read

11:35 AM on 11.25.2011

Storytelling in games? Stop worrying and just give me a good story.

Internet people sure spend a lot of time and words talking about how to tell a story in games. They write articles like this, trying to figure out what developer...   read

12:56 AM on 11.21.2011

Indie PSA: You gotta check out "Sequence"

OK this indie game is really good, innovative, and only $6 so I just wanted to give it some love. Here, check it out: I really wish it had a demo, because I think if you played it for...   read

12:54 PM on 10.26.2011

Ballroom Dancing and Video Games

What does this... ...have to do with this? Quite a bit, I believe. Let me explain. I don't really know anything about ballroom dancing specifically, but I have taken many lessons in partnered swing dancing and some sal...   read

12:32 PM on 09.30.2011

Wishlist for the next Deus Ex

This is just, ya know, my opinion for what I hope Eidos Montreal does for the next Deus Ex game. I really enjoyed Human Revolution, and I can't wait for the next one already. MINOR SPOILERS ALERT The devs already know about...   read

2:40 PM on 09.26.2011

Sequelitis is Good for Innovation

Gears of War 3. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (3). Battlefield 3. Uncharted 3. Modern Warfare 3. Mass Effect 3. Diablo 3. And that's just the '3's! I used to look at these lists and get depressed, but now I've found a new apprec...   read

1:46 PM on 08.31.2011

Just finished Human Revolution - SPOILERS!

SPOILERS WARNING FOR THE WHOLE ARTICLE! Oof lemme catch my breath here. I love procrastinating because I despise my other graduate student responsibilities, so this past week I decided to make Human Revolution my top prior...   read

3:25 PM on 08.23.2011

Ever Notice How...facial expressions are often neglected?

'Scuse me, Mr. Jensen, but did you notice that you are currently punching through a fucking wall? That's a screenshot from the latest Deus Ex trailer (apologies for the low-res). Jensen is punching through a wall, as you ...   read

7:14 AM on 07.22.2011

id's Rage and lack of innovation

I was pretty excited about Rage when I first heard about it. It was a chance for id to redeem itself for the mish mash of mediocrity that was DOOM3 and hopefully bring the company and the brand back to its prior glory. It had...   read

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